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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 23:01
JUST SAYING...

HERE'S WHAT GRAHAM IS SAYING:
"I don't know when you've hit rock bottom in foreign policy but, when you're getting criticized by Jimmy Carter, you're damned sure close." 
 - Lindsey Graham
As hard as it may seem to accept, even Jimmy Carter was better, (at the time).
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 19:04


IF YOU ASK ME, IT WAS DOA - 1/20/09.


WE'VE SUFFERED THE LAST 6 YEARS UNDER OBAMA'S AWFUL POLICIES AS BAD AS THE MALL SUFFERED AFTER HIS INAUGURATION.

MAYBE WE WILL SURVIVE ANOTHER TWO YEARS - BUT ONLY IF WE ELECT A GOP SENATE.

IT'S NOVEMBER OT NEVER.
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 10:11
The Montreal Gazette found out how the Islamized-Haredi cult made its money and still does: because some people are naive and stupid enough to give them donations:
With cramped homes, many children in each family, and the fact that few of its members work (because they speak neither English nor French), you wouldn’t expect the 250-member ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect of Lev Tahor to be awash in cash.

Yet last November, when three buses pulled in to Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, community leader Mayer Rosner paid for the $9,650 trip to southern Ontario in cash, according to testimony related to police, and released to the public last month. The community left the neighbourhood it called home for more than a decade ahead of a date in St-Jérôme youth court to address allegations of extreme neglect, child abuse and not providing the children with proper education. The sect was, and continues to be, the subject of a Sûreté du Québec investigation on allegations of human trafficking, producing false documents and kidnapping. [...]

The community lives in extreme isolation, and men and women are not permitted to see each other, except for immediate family. Women are dressed in full chador-type black robes, with their faces covered, hair shaved, and they are always wearing socks, stockings and shoes, even when indoors. Men have shaved heads, and extra-long sideburns and beards. Children are home-schooled, and only taught in Hebrew and Yiddish in order to understand the teachings of the group’s leader, Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans. Helbrans has said he encourages children to marry at a young age, but has denied allegations that he married children who were under the legal age.
I think he can stuff his limp defenses. I'm aware of how women in Haredi sects like these shave their heads, and I've also seen Haredi men at times who shave the tops of their heads too, and just keep the sideburn lines. IMO, it's disgusting. Now for more about the financing:

After leaving Ste-Agathe, the community shelled out money for temporary accommodations in a motel, and then spent more money to relocate in a number of townhouses in Chatham-Kent, Ont., near Windsor. The community also paid lawyers to attend several custody hearings. When it seemed the community’s finances might have been stretched to the limit, most members inexplicably flew off and relocated once again to Guatemala, where the bulk of the community has been since June. In Guatemala, the sect has already moved once. After a clash with the local tribe in the village of San Juan La Laguna, they boarded buses and headed to Guatemala City in August.

[...] With four cities to call home in the span of a year, and legal expenses piling up, Lev Tahor should logically be running out of cash, so where does all its money come from?

Partly from its members, say sources close to the sect.

The search warrants detail testimony from former members of the community who said they were forced to turn over much of their savings to the community when they joined. Members who have children turn over their child support payments to the community’s leaders. The police documents say members turn over all sources of revenue to Rosner, said to be the group’s treasurer, as members are told they don’t have the wherewithal to manage their finances.

The community’s food needs are provided by its leaders, but not for free. One member told youth protection workers that the community’s leader, Helbrans, provides coupons that community members use to purchase their necessities.

A Toronto-based advocate for one of the families in Israel, George Berger, said he has heard that the rabbi convinced a couple who were new members of the community to sign over their apartment in Jerusalem and their factory to the sect. The properties were sold and the sect pocketed the money. Helbrans had apparently been asking this family for donations for many years, and then finally convinced the couple and their three children to leave Israel and join the sect in Ste-Agathe.

A source close to that family (who can’t be identified because of youth protection laws) said the husband was taking psychotropic drugs while living in the sect. They stayed only for six months, and then the woman and her three children returned to Israel homeless and broke. The man was in a terrible psychological state for several years after he left the sect, the source said.

'COLLECTING MONEY FROM AROUND THE WORLD'

Berger said Lev Tahor advocates are collecting money all around the world going around to ultra-Orthodox synagogues during prayer services, and relating false stories about children suffering cancer, or other terrible afflictions to solicit donations. He said one Lev Tahor member had been heard bragging that he raises $3,000 per day for the sect in this fashion.

The former member confirmed that this is how the community collects some of its money.

“They went to synagogues, they went to houses. They even came to my house, collecting $1, or 50 cents,”
said Alex Werzberger, a spokesperson for the Hassidic Community in Montreal. “It adds up, but it can’t be all that group has. They seem to have millions.”

He said most of the people collecting money for the group were not members of Lev Tahor, but were recruited by the community’s leadership.

Werzberger, who said he gave some small amounts to Lev Tahor collectors on a few occasions, explained that most ultra-Orthodox Jews will give money to people who ask for help feeding their families, because they believe there is a religious obligation to help out people in need.

“When it comes to (a request for food), we don’t check (if the claim is valid),” he said.

Meyer Feig, another member of Montreal’s Hassidic community, said he didn’t give money to Lev Tahor collectors when he saw them in synagogue.

“There are people collecting money every day for different charities,” he said. “We’re a very generous and charitable community.”

DISAGREE WITH SECT'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Both Werzberger and Feig are concerned that Lev Tahor is giving other ultra-Orthodox communities a bad name, and they disagree vehemently with many of the sect’s guiding principles, including young marriage and extreme isolation.

“A lot of people are concerned that people will generalize and think that this is how we live our own life,” Feig said. “We don’t want to be associated with them. There should be a differentiation between them and us. It’s like heaven and earth.”
Certainly there should be some differences noted, like between Satmar and Lubavitch, for example. Nevertheless, any Haredis who foolishly donate to a cult like them are only prolonging the suffering of many children and adults alike.
Aside from paying for plane trips, lawyers and relocation costs, Lev Tahor has also used its money to buy new members.

Search warrant information mentions that a 14-year-old girl had been bought, and further details were redacted by a court order.

The brother of a Lev Tahor member — whose children are currently the subject of a youth court battle, so they can’t be identified — said his sister was sold into the group by a matchmaker.

As a newly religious member of the ultra-Orthodox community, she was hired as an au pair by another ultra-Orthodox family in Brooklyn. She was encouraged by that family to marry a man who was part of the Lev Tahor sect. Her brother said he found out recently the marriage had been arranged by a matchmaker hired by the sect because there was a shortage of women. The family that encouraged his sister to marry was given $5,000 by the matchmaker to help assure the match. The matchmaker was also paid.

The man added that after she joined the sect, she would routinely ask her family for money.

The man said the family stopped sending money recently because they realized it all went straight to Lev Tahor leadership, and that it was the community leaders that were telling his sister to ask for money.

“Most of the families in Israel have stopped giving money, especially since the group relocated to Guatemala,” he said. “They know it goes directly to (community leader Mayer) Rosner.”

However, some families in Israel continue to funnel money to the sect. One family recently gave $3,000, he said.
Any who continue to give them presents they don't deserve should be ashamed of themselves. As should any of these hired hands they got to help them do their dirty deeds.
While in Canada, the group appears to have amassed millions. Reports from the Canadian Revenue Agency show one tax-exempt religious charity registered to Lev Tahor, Congregation Riminov, claimed assets of $5.6 million in 2007. Lev Tahor also received a $4.3 million donation in 2011. Rosner, whose name is registered as one of the officers of Congregation Riminov, explained to the Toronto Star last year the money was for a real estate development that didn’t work out.
I'm sure that all came via similar deceptions. And that money's gone to ensure they'll be able to hire all the legal assistance they need, one of the worst things about them.
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 06:47
The Australian parliamentarian's denounced Islamic sharia:
SHE claims she doesn’t have a problem with Muslims, but Jacqui Lambie is still refusing to back away from her call for Sharia law supporters to get out of Australia.

The outspoken Palmer United Party Senator believes the Islamic legal system “obviously involves terrorism” and its followers need to instead follow Australian law “100 per cent”.

“If you are not going to show your allegiance to our constitution and to Australian law, then get out,” she told ABC’s Insiders program this morning

She is also sticking by her push to ban the burqa headdress, arguing it is a security risk.

“I believe it is a national security issue,”
she said.

“It is just like anything else, it is like a motorbike helmet. It’s like a balaclava. I will not allow you to wear that into my office because it is a security risk.”

People should be able to show their faces and “they shouldn’t feel that they need to be oppressed, to be able to hide their faces,” she said.

“I think that’s the way for the future of Australia.”
Daniel Pipes made a point once that outfits like niqabs can provide robbers with a perfect disguise, and the same holds true with jihadists. It's also little more than a way for people who don't want to be part of society to separate themselves from it, but telling they're merely sad cases with social problems. Lambie is a very bold woman to speak out against concepts like the burka and/or niqab, and she's additionally right that sharia supporters have no place Down Under.
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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 01:29
AP/HUFFPO:
Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators in Brussels forced their way into the European Parliament, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group's advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
ERDOGAN IS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

TIME TO KICK TURKEY OUT OF NATO.
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 22:53
THE LIBERALS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE BEEN HANDING OUT FREE CONDOMS TO TEENS IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR NEARLY A DECADE...


NOW THEY WANT TO REGULATE SEX FOR COLLEGE KIDS:

RWN:
A newly amended bill from a California lawmaker would require college students to stop in the heat of passion and establish verbal or written consent before having sex anywhere on campus, reports L.A. Weekly…SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.” 
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 schools that face federal probes into their handling of sexual assault cases. De Leon said his bill is meant to confront sexual assault problems head-on…“Obviously, there is a problem,” he said in the report. “SB 967 will change the equation so the system is not stacked against survivors by establishing an affirmative consent policy to make it clear that only ‘yes’ means ‘yes.’” 
Why not just require a notarized letter from an attorney, or better yet, a license? If we’re going to go this far, maybe college kids who want to have sex should go to a DMV-like office to get permission. Ridiculous.
LIBERALS ARE FUHREEEEEEEKIN NUTS!

THIS IS TYPICAL OF LIBERALS - THEY START A PROGRAM TO FIX ONE THING AND THEN ANOTHER TO FIX THE "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES".

IT ALL STEMS FROM THEIR MISTAKEN IDEA THAT THEY CAN CREATE A UTOPIA IF ONLY THEY COULD INSTALL THE WRITE REGULATIONS.

IN THIS THEY ARE LIKE ISLAMISTS AND ALL STATISTS.

AND IT ALWAYS LEADS TO DYSTOPIA.

MORE ON THE MORONIC LAW HERE. EXCERPT:
California, the first state to implement this law, will require colleges that want to keep their state funding intact to deploy the "affirmative consent" standard when adjudicating sexual assault cases. This means that campus authorities will have to establish whether the partners obtained "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary" agreement. Although non-verbal consent is allowed, verbal is better. And it has to be obtained at every stage — touching, kissing, and foreplay — not just initially.
INSANE.
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 14:05
The al-Dura hoax whistleblower is launching a new campaign against the state-owned TV station that supported it:
Philippe Karsenty, the French-Jewish activist who became internationally renowned after he charged the France 2 television network with having used staged footage in its report on the apparent killing in 2000 of Muhammed Al-Durah, a 12 year old Palestinian boy in Gaza, has announced a new campaign against the state-owned network.

In an interview with The Algemeiner, Karsenty explained that his campaign was being mounted in response to an advertising blitz by France 2 across the country.

In 2004, Charles Enderlin, the France 2 reporter who broadcast the story that al-Durah was shot by Israeli troops during a gun battle with Palestinian terrorists – thereby turning the young boy into an icon of the global anti-Israel movement overnight – was accused by Karsenty of having used staged footage, and of not confirming that al-Durah had been killed. As a result, France 2 sued Karsenty, winning its case in 2006. Karsenty appealed, and in 2008 the original judgement was overturned by the Court of Appeal in Paris. In 2012, however, another court annulled the decision in favor of Karsenty, on the grounds that damning footage he has acquired to support his case had been secured illegally; last year, Karsenty was convicted of defamation by the Paris Court of Appeal, and ordered to pay 11,000 Euros in damages. An American organization, the Middle East Forum of leading Middle East scholar Professor Daniel Pipes, paid the fine on Karsenty’s behalf.

Karsenty told The Algemeiner that the case is now being considered by the French Supreme Court. Should he lose his battle there, Karsenty is resolved to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Karsenty explained that his campaign, launched on Facebook, is in response to a massive promotional campaign by France 2 – ironically begun, Karsenty said, on September 30, the fourteenth anniversary of the broadcast of Enderlin’s report on al-Durah.

The France 2 campaign features images of their top presenters above slogans like “En Quete 2 Verite” and “Zone 2 Turbulences.” (In French, the number 2 is spelled “deux,” a word that is pronounced exactly the same way as the preposition “de.” ) Using a picture of Enderlin and al-Durah, Karsenty’s counter campaign is based on word plays: for example, instead of “En Quete 2 Verite” (“Looking for the Truth”,) Karsenty substitutes “En Quete 2 Mensonges” (“Looking for Lies.”)

“France 2 is spending money on advertising while still defending the worst blood libel of our times,” Karsenty, who now serves as deputy-mayor of the Paris suburb of Neuilly, said. “They are still covering up their mistake which is responsible for the beheading of [Wall Street Journal reporter] Daniel Pearl. They were responsible for the first terrorist beheading of the 21st century.”
So France's 2nd major channel is still going around acting repulsive as usual. What's the point of watching such a trashy channel then? This is a definite waste of taxpayer money, and the result of government corruption. It most certainly should be countered, as should France 2's lawsuit, since it's something that every decent French citizen can/will fall prey to.
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 13:49
BY TAB IN 2005; AND WE MADE THIS JPEG IN 2009:


AND BY MITT IN 2012:


WE HAVE JUST ONE MORE CHANCE TO SAVE THE USA AND THE FREE WORLD...

IT' NOVEMBER OR NEVER.
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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 01:39
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THE CO2PHOBIC CLIMATE ALARMISTS TO ADMIT THEY ARE WRONG - AND FOR THEIR SUPPORTERS TO CHANGE SIDES?

I THINK IT WILL TAKE ANOTHER MISERABLY COLD AND SNOWY WINTER IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE...

... AND IT WILL TAKE A COURAGEOUS ATTACK ON IT BY THE NEXT USA PRESIDENT - ONE THAT MIRRORS WHAT PM ABBOTT HAS DONE IN AUSTRALIA.
  • THIS NEEDN'T BE A POLITICAL "THIRD RAIL".
  • WE NEEDN'T FEAR BEING CALLED "SCIENCE DENIERS".
  • WE CAN USE SCIENCE TO DEFEND OUR POSITION, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO APPEAL TO PEOPLE'S EMOTIONS.
IT IS THE EMOTIONAL APPEAL OF CLIMATE ALARMISM WHICH MAKES IT SO POPULAR.

PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT CLIMATE ALARMISM THINK THAT BY DOING SO THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE SIDE OF NATURE AND HELPING THE EARTH AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.

THIS CAN BE COUNTER-ATTACKED AND CLIMATE SKEPTICISM CAN BECOME A POPULAR ATTACK IF IT IS CONNECTED TO A POSITIVE EMOTIONAL APPEAL, AND THIS CAN BE ESTABLISHED BY CONNECTING IT WITH A POSITIVE PROGRAM TO TRULY AID THE THIRD WORLD.

HERE'S WHY:

CO2PHOBIA IS THE THIRD MOST HARMFUL IDEOLOGY IN THE WORLD TODAY - AFTER ISLAMISM AND SOCIALISM.

(YES: I KNOW IT'S AN IDEOLOGY USED BY SOCIALISTS TO INSTALL THEIR LONG-HELD PLATFORM, BUT IT IS A SEPARATE IDEOLOGY.)

IT IS HARMFUL BECAUSE IT HAS HAMPERED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE THIRD WORLD AND RETARDED GROWTH IN THE FIRST WORLD.

I THINK THERE IS A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER THAT NEEDS CONCERTED EFFORT BY ALL NATIONS:

DIRTY WATER

INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON CURBING CO2 AS IF IT WAS TOXIC,

WE OUGHT TO BE FINDING WAYS TO IMPROVE H20 IN TH THIRD WORLD.

DIRTY H2O KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN CO2 - OR ANY GREENHOUSE GAS,

THE FIRST WORLD OUGHT TO BE HELPING THE THIRD WORLD BUILD WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND A WATER GRID - ALONG WITH FOSSIL FUEL-BURNING POWER PLANTS AND A POWER GRID AND HIGHWAYS.

THE IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE OF THE THIRD WORLD NEED THE SAME THINGS THAT BROUGHT THE REST OF THE WORLD OUT OF POVERTY:

CLEAN WATER AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT: FACTORIES.

THEY NEED REFRIGERATORS AND OVENS AND CARS AND AIR CONDITIONING - NOT "CARBON CREDITS".

THE LONGER THE CLIMATE ALARMISTS CONTROL THINGS, THE LONGER THE THIRD WORLD REMAINS IMPOVERISHED.

WE MUST REGAIN THE HIGH-GROUND BY ATTACKING CLIMATE ALARMISTS AS THE ENEMIES OF THIRD WORLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

AND DEVISING A PROGRAM TO ECONOMICALLY DEVELOP THE THIRD WORLD WITH CAPITALISM AND INDUSTRY.

IT HAS WORKED IN EVERY THIRD WORLD COUNTRY WHERE IT'S BEEN TRIED - SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, CHINA... EVERYWHERE.

A VOTE FOR CLIMATE ALARMISM IS A VOTE FOR THIRD WORLD POVERTY.

THAT'S THE ARGUMENT WE HAVE TO MAKE IF WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE DEBATE AND WIN IT.
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 07:58

The result of abandoning the proper teaching of geography?

With a hat tip to Barnhardt:
“He said he was from Liberia, not Africa…”

From this thread over at Lucianne.com. Emphases mine.

Reply 29 – Posted by: gone2pot, 10/3/2014 5:50:33 PM (No. 10030644)
It´s us. We are the reason for the panic. We vote for it, educate our kids with it, watch it on TV, “like” and “follow” it, and listen to its music. Here´s anecdotal evidence; my wife´s hospital is caddy corner to Dallas Presby, home of the ebola incident. The docs at her hospital left Presby to start a new, less screwed up system. So, they know Presby and keep in contact with former colleagues. Well, according to the old Presby docs, the thirty-something Dallas Presby nurse´s answer to the CDC was, “He said he was from Liberia, not Africa.” So, next time you want to believe the tin foil hat conspiracy theory answer, remember instead that we ARE that stupid and our stupidity is why we create the cases for panic.
Is the above anecdote true? I don't know, but it could be.  And I don't mean only with regard to the aforementioned nurse!  It's not out of the question that a doctor wouldn't know that Liberia is in Africa.

I myself so often see the dumbing-down — and not only among the middle-school and high-school students I teach: here we are in the Information Age with many people lacking enough sense or intellectual curiosity to look up something when the information is at their fingertips via Google search; at the same time, these same people are keen to update their Facebook status or check their email at every possible opportunity.

Now, about that triage nurse in the emergency department....

I do not blame her for not recognizing that Mr. Duncan had Ebola Virus on his first visit to the hospital.  His temperature wasn't high enough according to the protocol then in effect, and he lied to her and said that he had not been around anyone who was sick.  Let us keep in mind that Mr. Duncan lied on those forms in Liberia, too.
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 05:45
The foreign minister wants a word or three with Sweden's ambassador:
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman criticised Sweden for planning to formally recognise Palestine, and said its ambassador will be called in by the ministry to discuss the issue.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said on October 3 the Palestinians have "legitimate demands for national sovereignty," and therefore his nation "will recognise the State of Palestine" at some point. Several other European states, including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland and Romania, have made similar declarations.
If they have, then they're acting just as disgraceful as Sweden's government is.
"Prime Minister Loefven needs to understand that no declaration or step by an external party can replace direct negotiations between the parties," Mr Liberman said today in a post on his Facebook page. "I have instructed the Foreign Ministry staff to invite the Swedish Ambassador to Israel in for a discussion."

The Swedish embassy in Israel today released a statement by text mail to reporters intended to clarify Mr Loefven's comments. "The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be resolved through a two-state solution, the Prime Minister said, negotiated in accordance with the principles of international law," it said. "A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to coexist peacefully. Therefore, Sweden will recognise the State of Palestine, the Prime Minister concluded."
The same pathetic cliches about 2-state solutions again, from the most equally pathetic politicians to cough it out. Although "negotiations" is just as poor an argument, and have eternally proven worthless.

When ambassador Carl Nesser did speak about this, he said:
Nesser's call for talks with Hamas comes despite the fact that the group, both in its political and "military" branches, is on the European Union's (EU) official list of terrorist organizations.

When asked if he expected other European states would follow suit after his country promised recognition of "Palestine," Nesser said "the purpose of such a statement about this forthcoming recognition is of course to support negotiations leading to the two state solution, so the objective is to be helpful."
Yes, they're always trying to "help". But he's obviously the kind of dimwit who won't pay attention to the phrase "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".

Update: Diana West has more to ponder:

This figures. They fling the doors wide open to "immigrants" with horrific views on life and they not only set about establishing sharia, they form alliances with totalitarians in politics who're also perfectly fine with imposing the same delegitimization upon their own countries. A perfect recipe for disaster.
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 05:42
A recent survey indicates a sharp drop in Muslim birthrates in Israel:
Latest Israeli figures show a sharp drop in the Muslim fertility rate from 4.7 children in 2000 to 3.4 in 2013, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

In addition, the survey, published for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday indicates that the growth rate of the Muslim population is slowing: from 3.8 percent in 2000 to 2.4 percent in 2013, according to Israel’s NRG News.

In comparison, the Jewish growth rate was 1.7 percent, the Druze: 1.5 percent, and the Christian: 1.6 percent.
And it figures this would eventually happen, since the lifestyle as Muslims practice it is even more unsustainable than the Haredi lifestyle.
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Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 04:04
Several American beauty pageant contestants visited Israel and came back with a very positive impression:
During a five-day trip to Israel last week, a delegation of 11 beauty pageant winners from the U.S. got a taste of the real Israel -- which is much different from the common image of Israel worldwide.

"If Israel had a 'cover' title based on what the media portrays, it would be 'danger,' 'warfare,' 'disagreement,' 'pain,' 'death,' 'conflict' … and yet after just the first day I realized that this couldn't be any further from the truth," said Alicia Monique Blanco, Miss Arizona USA 2009.

The trip was organized by The Face of Israel organization, which offers tours of Israel to influential figures from around the globe. During their time in Israel, the beauty queens visited all of the standard tourist destinations -- Jerusalem's Old City, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem, and so on -- but they also got off the beaten path, with visits to rocket-battered Sderot and Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. In addition, they got a closer look at the diversity of Israeli life by meeting with a wide range of Israelis, including IDF soldiers, Knesset members, high-tech executives and women leaders, among others.
I really appreciate their positive position on Israel, and it helps tremendously, just like it did when Scarlet Johansson represented Sodastream. These contestants all have big social followings and shared their experiences online, making things even better. Here's an extra article on JTA.
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 06:18
Michael Rubin at Commentary talks about Recep Erdogan's jihad on internet sites, which has led to quite a few being blocked out of the land:
Now, alas, Turkey is no longer willing to simply go after traditional outlets. While Erdoğan’s jihad against social media is long standing, Erdoğan increasingly seeks to control what can be published online. Quite simply, the Internet—and, more broadly, free discourse—frustrates Erdoğan, who would much rather crush dissent than accept the accountability and transparency a free media encourages or address the merits of his opponents’ arguments. As journalists have moved to online outlets to escape Erdoğan’s authoritarian ambitions, the number of Turkish news portals has exploded online.
But some of these sites have been blocked in Turkey too, and it doesn't look to get any better, since Erdogan has them in the crosshairs next. It's no wonder we can't let the UN and Turkey by extension control the internet.
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 05:43
There was a fire at the Flight 93 Memorial construction site:
A flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said Saturday.

Friday's fire in Shanksville destroyed the park's headquarters complex. State police and the park service are conducting a joint investigation into the blaze, whose cause hasn't been determined, the park service said.

Park staff completed an initial inventory Saturday and said that, in addition to the flag, the losses included a handful of personal items of passengers and crew, DVD copies of the annual commemoration ceremony and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission, and about 100 tribute items left by visitors since 2001.

Park staff saved hundreds of oral histories and a photo collection.
It's terrible even if only a small portion of the archival content was consumed, and what was the cause of this blaze? Is there any possibility Muslims or jihadist sympathizers started it? If that was indeed the case, then a grave obscenity was committed, and the culprits should be punished for their offensive crime against the memory of innocent people.
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 05:41
The Jewish Press published an anonymous op-ed by a homosexual man who doesn't buy into all that liberal nonsense about homosexuality being "normal".

Following this, the paper got a shipload of mail from the LGBT community demanding the author be silenced and his op-ed obliterated. Only one person did not condemn his right to opine against the practice.

But that shows how Judaism, Orthodox or otherwise, is not immune to the wrath of LGBT activists who've already declared war on Christianity for the same reasons.
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Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 00:46
Continuing to make it difficult to feel sorry for all the suffering they've caused themselves with the "immigrants" they're bringing in, Sweden's politicians signal their latest hostility to Israel, legitimizing a lie at Israel's expense:
Sweden's incoming prime minister Stefan Löfven announced to his cabinet on Friday, Oct. 3, that the Scandinavian country is about to become the first nation to officially recognize the state of 'Palestine.'

In his inaugural speech to the Swedish parliament, Löfven insisted that the only way to end the conflict is for there to be a two-state solution. Bizarrely, he insisted that the solution had to be "negotiated in accordance with international law," and "requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence." And with that, he announced, "Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine."

Huh?

Not sure what magic wand he was waving (or magic mushrooms he was chewing) when Löfven concluded that Sweden's recognition of a 'Palestinian State' was the equivalent of international law or would result in the necessary "mutual recognition and will to peaceful co-existence."

The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the recognition of 'Palestine' as a sovereign state in 2012, but the European Union and most EU countries have not yet given their official recognition.

Nael Touqan, Chairman of Palestinian Association of Stockholm told Sweden's English-language paper The Local:

"We like this news so much. This is what we have been fighting for. Our religious festival Eid starts tomorrow and we consider this as a present for all Palestinians."

"Sweden has great respect in Europe so we hope this means that other nations will follow its lead," he added. "This is the only way to pressure Israel."
Does Sweden really have respect? Don't be surprised if there's Swedes who don't respect their own politicians. Having said that, the vicious mentality clogging Sweden makes it hard to feel sorry for them and the internal mess they're causing themselves. All this news does is enforce my decision I would never buy products from Ikea, Volvo and Saab (and the latter is no longer sold here or in the USA, to my knowledge). I can't support a country where the mindset is potentially worse than in the UK.
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Date: Saturday, 04 Oct 2014 13:44
Breitbart London reports that Austria appears to be taking steps for the better:
Just two years after a lavish ceremony to celebrate the centenary of Austria’s “model” law on Islam, the law is set to be overhauled to ban Muslims from receiving foreign funding and pave the way for a standardised German language version of the Koran. Muslim groups in Austria have expressed disappointment that their government was bowing to “blanket suspicion and mistrust” of the Muslim community.

Muslims make up 6 percent of Austria’s population, and are the second largest religious grouping, after Roman Catholics, in Vienna. Until recently the community enjoyed good relations with their neighbours, but governmental reports on the rise of Islamic militancy have caused nationalist parties to gain ground in the polls in recent months. Around 140 Austrians are understood to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight as jihadis, according to Reuters.

“The clear message should be that there is no contradiction between being a faithful Muslim and a proud Austrian,” Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz has told reporters. “If you don't have orderly legal regulation ... this can always bring dangers (of extremism). In this sense, if you like this is maybe a part of prevention.”

Sharia law has “no place here,” he added.

The amended law will prohibit Muslim organisations from receiving foreign funding. One-off grants, such as money left in a will, will be allowed but only if the management of assets is handled in Austria, The Local has reported.
Finally, it looks like a country that tried to conceal its nazi ties during WW2 and made things worse with their support for Islam is going to set a better example by modifying their laws so that Islamists can't exploit money for evil goals as easily as before.

It'll be interesting to see what publishing a German-language version of the Koran leads to. Will people be able to read and learn what the content is like? Good question.
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Date: Friday, 03 Oct 2014 20:15
ONLY KIDDING.

BUT IT COULD BE WORSE.

THOUGH HE'D BE AN IMPROVEMENT FOR THEM.

HECK: HE'D BE AN IMPROVEMENT FOR US!

REAL NEWS HERE.
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